Alternative Spring Break

Nicaragua (Scholars' Electives)


Applications for 2017 are now closed.

Community Partner



Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Responsible Consumption and Production

*Taken from: The Global Goals For Sustainable Development

Dates of Travel

Dates of Travel: Feb. 18 – 25, 2017

Number of Participants

13 student participants
2 staff/faculty team leaders


ASB Scholars’ Electives will serve with and complete a number of activities with the Nicaraguan partners of Companeros during Reading Week. The group will learn about and take part in coffee farming practices and techniques, learn from youth affected by the coffee industry and connect with youth on a media project.


To provide students with the understanding of basic coffee farming concepts and challenges, beginning with the seed and along the journey to the cup, and connecting students with various partners of Companeros that are influenced and affected by the coffee industry in Nicaragua.


Cost: $2400 CAD

Trip Cost covers:

Medical Precautions

Participants must visit their family doctor or a travel clinic to ensure that their immunizations are up to date, and that there are no health concerns for travel. The cost of medical precautions is not included in ASB fees, and is the responsibility of the participant.

Sample Day

7:00 am:


7:30 am:

Travel to community organization


Service with organization

4:00-4:30 pm:

Return to hostel

4:30-6:00 pm:

Rest, relax, free time

6:00-7:00 pm:



Team Reflection

8:30-9:30 pm:

Social Activity/Recreation

10:00 pm:

Return to hostel


Participants will be staying in a hostel vetted by Companeros.


Participants will eat a mix of meals prepared by on-site staff and approved restaurants selected by Companeros. Food will be locally-inspired, and include a variety of rice, beans, vegetables, and meats.